Scott Ambler on DA - Beyond Failing Fast: Guided Continuous Improvement

 

June 18, 2020 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Failing fast is certainly better than failing slowly, but it’s still failing. When someone advises you to fail fast, what they’re saying is that they don’t know if something is likely to work in the situation that you face so let’s do as little as possible to run an experiment to find out. This is perfectly fine when your team is doing something truly unique, but in most cases, thousands of people have done this before you. Surely, we can do better than “fail fast” to learn a known thing.

Yes, you need to run experiments to discover what works for you in practice.  When you run an experiment, you always run the risk of failure but you sometimes learn. But others have learned similar things before you, so if you leverage their learnings, you will make better decisions regarding what is likely to work for you. Yes, you sometimes fail, but you will do so less often. Fewer failures mean you improve faster, and that’s what it’s all about. In Disciplined Agile (DA), we call this strategy Guided Continuous Improvement (GCI).

Key Takeaways:

  • Recognize that “failing fast” has its limits.
  • Agile methods/frameworks are a great start, but you soon find yourself in “method jail” when you hit the limits of that method/framework.
  • Agile teams should be enabled to choose their way of working (WoW).
  • Learn how to leverage the learnings of others to improve your WoW.
  • True process improvement happens by a series of small improvements, a process called Kaizen.
  • Guided Continuous Improvement (GCI) improves upon Kaizen to enable teams to increase their rate of process improvement.

 

Schedule:

  • Registration closes at 10:00 PM on Wednesday, June 17.
  • Zoom link will be sent the day before the event to the email on file in Star Chapter, our registration system. This link will include a brief Zoom registration questionnaire. Upon completion of the Zoom registration, you will immediately receive the Zoom access link. If you do not receive a link and think you should check your SPAM folder.
  • On Thursday, June 17, the Zoom link will be open at 6:30 PM on Thursday for event check-in and networking.
  • On Thursday, the presentation will begin at 7:00 PM followed by a Q&A session.

 

Speaker Biography

Scott Ambler is the co-founder of Disciplined Agile (DA), which was acquired by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in August 2019. The DA toolkit is the world’s only comprehensive agile body of knowledge (BOK) that provides straightforward and practical guidance to help individuals, teams, and enterprises choose their “way of working” in a context-specific way. Together, PMI and DA offer a unique and unparalleled value proposition to stakeholders who are committed to improving their personal, team, and enterprise agility.

In addition to work on the DA Toolkit, Scott is the creator of the Agile Modeling (AM) (AgileModeling.com) method and Agile Data (AD) (AgileData.org) methods. He has also (co-)authored several books, including Choose Your WoW!, An Executive's Guide to Disciplined Agile, Disciplined Agile Delivery, Refactoring Databases, Agile Modeling, and The Elements of UML 2.0 Style. For a full list of his books visit www.ambysoft.com/books/.

As a frequent conference keynote speaker, Scott speaks about Lean/Agile Enterprises, Scaling Agile Software Development, and Disciplined Agile (DA). He also leads workshops focused on DA, DevOps, enterprise architecture, agile data, and agile architecture skills. He is a Certified Disciplined Agile Coach and a Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor.

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